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ERIC Number: EJ1106435
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1356-9783
Performing Labour in Look Left Look Right's "Above and Beyond"
Alston, Adam
Research in Drama Education, v20 n1 p50-61 2015
This article looks at the theme of "performing labour" in Look Left Look Right's "Above and Beyond" (2013). In this performance, individual audience members participate as a generic staff member in a fully functioning five star hotel in London. I consider three modes of performing labour in "Above and Beyond": audiences role-playing as staff; theatre workers role-playing as staff and hotel staff performing care and attentiveness. The aesthetics of performing labour is considered as being noticeably theatrical in each of these three modes, prompting an evaluation of what it means to "reveal" labour both inside and outside of explicit theatre contexts. The article concludes, perhaps controversially, by focusing on the bourgeois qualities of this revelation: to be attended to, either as audience or guest, as one who pays for the craft of care.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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